Umbogavango Sat 7 June 2014

Report Back by Elena Russell

Photos curtesy of Declan Jordan, Rex Aspeling, John Bremner and Dave Rimmer.

Umbogavango in Winter came up trumps – it was a beautiful day and the birding was great as can be seen from the superb pics. There were 19 members & 1 visitor and we broke up into 2 groups – thanks to Ismail for leading the 2nd group.

White-eared Barbets in abundance;

White-eared Barbet
White-eared Barbet
White-eared Barbets
White-eared Barbets

then we had the most lovely views of 6/7 Black Collared Barbets sitting in the top of a fever tree catching the sun (what a great pic!!).  7 Black-collared Barbets (Lybius torquatus)_D714164

Black-collared Barbets
Black-collared Barbets

Maybe not so many water birds as in Summer but Black Crake were seen a number of times as well as a very strange hybrid goose hanging out with a pair of Egyptian Geese and their chicks (any ideas on the lineage?).

Raptors: Black Sparrowhawk, Lanner Falcon, African Fish Eagle and then the piece de resistance a Palm-nut Vulture circling overhead and giving us the most fabulous display – I think we then decided it was a glorious day.

We had a brief glimpse of a Natal Spurfowl; Giant, Malachite & Brown-hooded Kingfishers, Cape, Pied & Mountain Wagtails, plenty of flycatchers and sunbirds and lots, lots more – our count was 74 but a few of us stayed on for another short walk and we had large flocks of Red-back Mannikins and a sole Blacksmith Lapwing flew into sight just as we were leaving making a total count of 76 – not too shabby for a Winter’s morning birding.

The Tapinanthus (kraussianus(?) was flowering on lots of the trees much to the enjoyment of the sunbirds.

Mistletoe - Tapinanthus (kraussianus perhaps)
Mistletoe – Tapinanthus (kraussianus perhaps)
Strangling Tree
Strangling Tree



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